Pure Praise: Week One – Day 3 Studies
Day 3: "A New Creature"
When we talk about worship – we have to look at it in three different directions. I think all too often, we talk about things only in the realm of “vertical worship”…so much to the point that it has become a buzz word over an actual act. Worship should be inward, upward, and outward. If we are missing any element of direction – then we miss out on wholly worshiping our God. One of the biggest reasons we aren’t effective with our worship is because of things that are stored away in our life that prevent us from openly worshiping. 2 Corinthians 5:17 is a hard pill for some of to swallow because it makes us evaluate our lives in a very straight-forward manner.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
Sometimes, I think we need to evaluate every area of our lives and determine whether or not there is something that is old…that needs to be tossed out. Do we still have old vices that are preventing us from worshiping? Are there areas of your life that are giving Satan a foothold and letting him take a stronghold?
Over the next 15 minutes – be silent in prayer and ask God to reveal these areas to you that are getting more of your time than He is. Then, come back to the study.
—– Please, don’t skip to the next portion until you have honestly taken the time to mediate and evaluate.
Now that we have, hopefully, addressed the things that are preventing us from upwardly, inwardly, and outwardly worshiping God – we should be able to focus more on the mechanics of how to worship in these manners.
Today, we’ll focus on the outward worship. We worship outwardly by:
- sharing the Gospel
- helping others
- giving financially
- being sensitive to others
In what ways can you improve in these areas? In what ways have you improved in those areas? Take a few moments to evaluate…and we’ll see you tomorrow.
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Jason Whitehorn, Founder of www.gotworship.net